West Bengal, June 1: Leader of opposition in the Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari hits out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by calling her Non-MLA Chief Minister.

Suvendu Adhikari lashes out at the Bengal government and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Twitter by saying, “Theatre of the absurd is playing out in West Bengal. For the sake of her own ego, to destroy India’s federal structure and protect the Chief Secretary for his indiscipline, (non-MLA) CM Mamata Banerjee. Didi is bringing disrepute to the CM office and the Constitution of India.”

He raised the question about the secret confined with outgoing CS so that CM is moving heaven and earth to protect him.

What secrets does the outgoing CS know that (non-MLA) CM @MamataOfficial is moving heaven and earth to protect him? Is it really becoming of a CS to skip the Prime Minister’s meet organised to help the people in duress due to Cyclone Yaas? No. It is not,” BJP MLA tweeted.

West Bengal leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded strict action against the outgoing Chief Secretary for violating service rules at a time of a natural disaster and a global pandemic.

I demand the strictest action be taken against the outgoing CS for indiscipline, violating service rules at a time of a natural disaster and a global pandemic, irregularities, and not helping others just because of sinister political games. TMC has failed the people of West Bengal,” Adhikari added.

BJP MLA claims that looting the money of taxpayer is the favourite hobby of Trinamool Congress.

Looting taxpayer money is TMC’s favourite hobby. Outgoing CS and now “advisor” to (non-MLA) CM @MamataOfficial will enjoy a comfortable salary of Rs. 2.5 lakhs per month and cushy perks. Surely, there are better ways to spend the hard-earned money of the taxpayers,” Adhikari added.

This comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that Alapan Bandyopadhyay had retired from service on Monday after declining the three-month extension given to him, and had been appointed Chief Adviser to the Chief Minister.

Bandyopadhyay, who did not report to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) after the state government refused to relieve him spent his last day as an IAS officer at the Secretariat in Kolkata, where he attended the Chief Minister’s meeting to review the Covid-19 situation and post-cyclone Yaas relief works.

The Centre sent a second letter to Bandyopadhyay on Monday, asking him to report to North Block on Tuesday. The second letter came hours after Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assert that her government would not release Bandyopadhyay for central deputation.

At a news conference in Nabanna, the state secretariat, Chief Minister Banerjee recounted the sequence of events leading up to Monday’s extraordinary flashpoint.


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All About The Incident

Bandyopadhyay, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre was scheduled to retire on May 31 after completion of 60 years of age.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to grant Bandyopadhyay an extension for at least six months as he had extensive experience with respect to handling the Covid-19 pandemic, with the threat of Cyclone Yaas also coming in.

He was granted a three-month extension following a nod from the Centre.

Amid a fresh row between the Centre and West Bengal state government, West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay was asked to report to New Delhi as his services were sought there, a move termed by the ruling Trinamool Congress as “forced deputation“.

This decision came in barely four days after he was granted an extension.

The order came on the day when PM Modi visited Odisha and West Bengal to review the situation and damages caused by Cyclone Yaas. West Bengal Chief Minister was reported to have skipped the review meeting.

According to sources, West Bengal CM and Chief Secretary arrived late by 30 mins for cyclone review meet despite being on the same premises. It has been reported that the CM upon entering the review meet handed over papers related to the cyclone impact and left saying that other meetings were lined up.

The Ministry also directed Bandyopadhyay to report to the Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi by 10 am on May 31, while asking the state government to relieve the officer with immediate effect.

However, Alapan Bandyopadhyay did not report to New Delhi today. With the fresh move by CM Mamata Banerjee the fresh tussle between Centre and West Bengal state government has escalated and taken a new turn.